[gallery link="file"] Language Travel Magazine is the main publication for our industry. It's based out of the UK and features articles on language schools, homestays, university pathway programs - and most important for us - work experience programs.
This month they had an article which featured our company quite prominently. Here's a bit from the article:
It is this real experience of international business that is important, as Robert Jago, Director of Vancouver Internships in Canada, points out. “Internship programmes, if done right, give students the first real taste of what they will be doing in their future careers. They let them know if they’re on the right path – and if so, they energise them for the rest of their studies and for their future job search. They also aide that future job search by adding career-relevant experience to their CVs and developing contacts which will help them move to the front of the line, ahead of other less proactive jobseekers.”
But an internship programme can only be as successful as the placement itself, and students who have paid a premium price for their programme have high expectations. Carlos Pastor Chan Santana from AIP Languages in Spain claims that they offer students a highly professional placement service to match their exact needs, something they would be hard pushed to do by themselves. “Students trust we will do the best for them and we will find the right match [for them],” he says. “[We arrange a] good internship where they use their skills and improve their knowledge and not only answer the phone or do photocopying.”
At Vancouver Internships in Canada, the main industry sectors of interest to international students include marketing and engineering, although there is also demand for placements in law, finance, IT and graphic design. “Finance has seen a big increase over things like IT or graphic design, which we used to see a lot of,” recounts Jago. Internship programmes can also allow those students from countries where the host destination may have tight visa regulations regarding work, to undertake work while there, as Helen Murphy at Regency College in the UK relates. “[Our internship] course is very popular with non-EU students as they would not be able to work the same hours on a normal course as tightening of the visa regulations means they can only work 10 hours per week.”
Industry sources are unanimous in their forecasts for the future of the internship market. Demand will continue to grow, but supply will also depend on government regulations. In addition, the Internet may alter the way students look for jobs. “Free online tools like Craigslist [a website that has classified listings that include jobs] will become more and more well-known with students and will continue to degrade the market for paid work experience placements,” asserts Jago. “If we want to hold our own in this market, let alone grow, we need to give students significant added value.”
We're really happy with how the article came out. You can read the rest of the article on-line here.